American Welding & Tank has recalled propane storage tanks because about 11,000 units of its converted underground propane storage tanks may cause a fire and burn hazard, according to information on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Web site. So far two people have sustained first- and second-degree burn injuries as they were trying to ignite a propane gas system, according to CPSC’s recent alert.

The recall includes 120-gallon to 1,000-gallon underground propane storage tanks manufactured in the United States, which were converted from above-ground to underground storage tanks between January 2005 and April 2008.

The problem is that an odorant is added to propane to help alert customers to propane leaks, but rust inside a propane tank can cause the odor to fade. Some converted American Welding & Tank above-ground to underground converted tanks can have an increased susceptibility to odor fade due to rusting, causing consumers to be unable to detect the odor of propane in the event of a gas leak.

Retail propane companies that sold recalled tanks will notify consumers directly about the recall and will perform the needed repairs. Those who would like more information about the recall are asked to call 866-614-0910 or please visit American Welding’s Web site at www.awtank.com.

I’m glad that this company took the dangerous and defective propane tanks off the market and are fixing the ones in use. Propane manufacturers and suppliers owe consumers a higher duty of care when it comes to the safety of their products due to the potentially catastrophic consequences of a malfunction. Propane gas explosions or fires could potentially lead to horrible burn injuries and property loss

If you own this product please do not use it and risk injury. Contact the manufacturer immediately.